Atlanta Braves designated hitter Marcell Ozuna was arrested early Friday morning on charges of driving under the influence and failure to maintain lane.
Marcell Ozuna was arrested after 4:30 a.m. on Friday for driving under the influence, according to multiple reports citing police records.
Last May, Ozuna was arrested for aggravated assault and battery after police witnessed him choke his wife and throw her against the wall in their home. He entered a pre-trial diversion program and the charges were later dropped. MLB placed Ozuna on administrative leave following the arrest and he served a 20-game suspension under the league’s domestic violence policy.
Braves OF Marcell Ozuna was arrested for DUI on Friday morning, @DOBrienATL confirmed.
In May 2021, Ozuna was arrested on domestic violence charges and was later placed on six months probation. pic.twitter.com/jFTD85zy5W
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) August 19, 2022
MLB does not have a formal DUI suspension policy. Toronto Blue Jays pitching coach Pete Walker was arrested for DUI in spring training and was not suspended by MLB. Miguel Cabrera, Shin-Soo Choo, Danny Duffy, and Yovani Gallardo were all arrested for DUI in recent years, but did not serve suspensions.
It is the second arrest in 15 months for Ozuna, who faced assault and battery charges last year after police allegedly witnessed him strangling his wife while responding to a call. Felony charges were dropped and replaced with misdemeanor family violence battery and simple assault.
Ozuna agreed to enter into a six-month domestic violence interventional program plus more than 200 hours of community service and anger management counseling as part of a probation deal. He received a retroactive unpaid suspension of 20 games during the 2021 season.
This is the second time Ozuna has been arrested in the last 15 months — he was previously taken into custody in May 2021 after he was accused of roughing up his wife in an incident in Sandy Springs, GA.
Ozuna — who agreed to enter into a pretrial diversion program to close out the case a few months after the incident — was suspended 20 games by the MLB over it all.
He later said before this season began that he apologized to his teammates, adding, “I made a mistake.”